• Scientific Writing Between Tabloid Storytelling, Arcane Formulaic Hermetism, and Narrative Knowledge

    Author(s):
    MICHAEL BOEHLER (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    Narrativity, Narrative theory, Art and science, History and philosophy of science and technology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Goethe, color theory, Newton
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6K06X109
    Abstract:
    The present discussion contribution argues that O. Müller not only suppresses Goethe’s declared intentions with regard to the latter’s Theory of Colors and ignores his place in what in any case is a different scientific culture than his (Müller’s) own or Newton’s, namely a premodern culture of “narrative knowledge” in the sense specified by Lyotard. Moreover, Müller entangles himself in the paradox of wanting on the one hand to back up Goethe on the level of fact when the latter opposes the militant selfrighteousness of the Newtonian school, but doing so on the other hand by constructing an epic-heroic narrative of Newtonian militance, not to say eristic belligerence contradictory to Goethe’s own “tolerant enlightenment” in Lakatos’ sense. Thus, we are confronted with one of those cases where, as Paul de Man puts it, a multidimensional critical reading on the semiological as well as rhetorical levels shows “that the text does not practice what it preaches”.
    Notes:
    The final publication is available at link.springer.com
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    Published as:
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    Status:
    Scheduled
    Last Updated:
    7 months ago
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    All Rights Reserved

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